Today, I’m happy to be hosting Amy Lignor, author of Gilded Wings: Angel Chronicles, Book 2.
Inside the Writer’s Studio…with Matthew!
“One of my most favorite shows on television is “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” This is a show that’s presented to students of the Actor’s Studio Drama School at Pace University. I know there are a ton of interviews with celebrities but the host, James Lipton, uses a slow pace and makes these people who everyone is so bedazzled by seem like the regular, normal humans they are. At the end of the show, Lipton asks his guest ten questions that they have to answer for the audience.
I thought about what Matthew would say in a situation such as this because he likes to be talkative and outgoing; whereas Emily is more sedate and really likes to get out of a situation where the spotlight is on her just as fast as angelically possible. So, today, we’re going to sit down with Matthew and see what he has to say…”
Host: Matthew, thank you for being here today.
M: You betcha! This is fun!
Host: Being a warrior must be an extremely difficult job, seeing as that you have to save everyone all the time. Don’t you ever think about having some time off?
M: Well, James… Can I call you James?
Host: Of course.
M: I actually really love the battle part of the whole thing. I mean, I’m basically the protection detail, whereas Emily really has the hardest part of the whole gig because she has to listen, interpret, find solutions – the really tough stuff. And she’ll never take a vacation, so my work never stops.
Host: You must have a great partnership. Is she at all hard to work with?
M: Well…we do have a great partnership. It’s been a long time since we first made our ‘appearance’ down here, and even though we’ve gone through some rough spots, to say the least, we’re still able to get the job done that we need to do.
Host: But…is she hard to work with?
M: James, it’s not your fault, because you really don’t know how we’re linked. But Emily can hear everything I say…and she’s really good with a sword when we head into the pit and battle things out. So, let’s just sya she’s strong, caring, has a big heart and (his voice drops down to a whisper) a big mouth when it comes to her sarcasm.
(Slap! Matthew’s head flies forward)
M: Ouch! See? I told you she could hear me. (He clears his throat.) By the way, you should know that she can open the gates of hell if she really wants to.
Host: (Perspiration breaks out on Lipton’s forehead.) Ready to move on to the questions?
M: I think it’s safer!
Host: What is your favorite word?
M: Beginning. I love the start of new things.
Host: What is your least favorite word?
M: Ending. When things are over, you always want to go back and change something you did.
Host: What turns you on?
M: (answers way too fast) Emily. (slap) OW! FINE! Umm…I love Dutch Apple Pie – that was a seriously great creation.
Host: What turns you off?
M: Being slapped in the back of the head.
Host: I bet… What sound or noise do you love?
M: It’s probably because of the job, but the acoustics are really good in Gabriel’s classroom, so when the swords clash, the sound is wicked cool.
Host: What sound or noise do you hate?
M: Crying. I wish people didn’t have to.
Host: What is your favorite curse word?
M: Ahh, James? We’re not allowed to do that. It’s against policy.
Host: Right, sorry. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
M: A Locomotive Engineer would be cool. I want to wear one of those caps and pull the cord that makes the train whistle.
Host: What profession would you not like to do?
M: Angel. Like I said…her job is tough.
Host: If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
M: IF? Okay, well, Gabe and Mike are the ones we actually see when we head home, but I would like Him to hand me a piece of that Dutch Apple Pie and say: Good job! Now, get ready to do it again!
Host: Thank you for joining us today, Matthew. It was really great to meet you.
M: You bet! (Matthew looks around the room) I think Emily is your next guest so…good luck with that, James!
Host: (sighs) Yeah, thanks a lot…
Until Next Time, Everybody,
Thank you for that delightful interview, and now I do have an excerpt to share as well.
“Maxmillian Carrow. He’s the first born son of Mitchell Carrow, who is the great man who owns this house and everything in it.”
Anya nodded. “Drew told me about him.”
“Well, that’s why I’m here, darlin’, to fill in the blanks before you meet them in the mornin’.”
“Why would you want to do that?”
“My mother always said it was wise to know who your friends are.”
Anya walked slowly to the bed, perching herself against the polished brass frame. Hope leaned against the headboard and arranged the large, white pillows as if she was making herself comfortable for a bedtime story to come.
“First, of course, there is me,” she said, batting her eyelashes. “My family went West and I came East. We were always a little different—me and the clan.”
“Your whole family survived your war, then?”
The violet eyes turned a shade of gray. “Yes, thank goodness. I was just a baby, ‘course. But with the carpetbaggers, and Reconstruction being the nightmare it was, our lovely Georgia was gone. Once the Yankees took it over it was the end for the likes of us.”
Anya looked up at the woman, trying with all her might to sound educated. She felt like she was back in school, waiting for the lecturer to stare down at her with a look of disgust. “I’m sorry…but I do not understand carpetbaggers, Yankees, this Reconstruction…” Her voice faded.
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